The 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is expected to be played in the UAE during October and November. However, it will be dependent on government clearance and the International Cricket Council (ICC) who are yet to announce their decision about the postponement of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Australia.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah, however, informed the members at the Apex Council meeting on Friday where they shared that after the T20 World Cup will officially postpone, the BCCI will ask the Indian government to check if the IPL can take place in India. If the situation in the country amid the global pandemic COVID-19 remains the same, they will shift the IPL to the UAE who are preparing themselves to host the tournament.
On the other hand, they have also informed the Apex Council that no domestic cricket would take place until December. Thirty-eight teams play in various domestic and age-group tournaments across the country which has become trouble regarding the travel and other staff for the players owing to the COVID-19. So, the board wouldn’t take any decision in a hurry on its domestic season.
Tournaments like Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Challengers series wouldn’t take place alongside the age-group tournaments. Even many international games are likely to be postponed or held at home only. On the other hand, the world’s biggest cricket stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad failed to host its first game due to the pandemic, but chances are high that India will hold a camp there before their series in Australia.
The players will get the facility of high-quality accommodation in the stadium premises where they can stay and also be quarantined if required. Moreover, contracted players can practise in open spaces which are needed for them to return in the zone which has gone away amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
COVID-19 has taken several lives across the globe and also postponed all the sporting events since March. However, with time, the situation has been getting better and England has hosted their first series against West Indies.